Skip to Content

Rule

Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2005-040, Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS)

Document Details

Information about this document as published in the Federal Register.

Published Document

This document has been published in the Federal Register. Use the PDF linked in the document sidebar for the official electronic format.

Start Preamble

AGENCIES:

Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to require that contractors’ small business subcontract reports be submitted using the Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS), rather than Standard Form 294 - Subcontract Report for Individual Contracts and Standard Form 295 - Summary Subcontract Report.

DATES:

Effective Date: July 16, 2010.

Start Further Info

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For clarification of content, contact Ms. Rhonda Cundiff, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-0044. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at (202) 501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-42, FAR Case 2005-040.

End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

The Councils published an interim rule in the Federal Register at 73 FR 21779 on April 22, 2008, to implement in the FAR the use of the Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS) to fulfill small business subcontracting reporting requirements. The eSRS is a web-based system under the umbrella of the Integrated Acquisition Environment. It replaces Standard Forms 294 and 295 as the mechanism for submitting reports required by the small business subcontracting program. The eSRS is intended to streamline the small business subcontracting program reporting process and provide the data to agencies in a manner that will enable them to more effectively manage the program.

The interim rule also amended FAR subpart 19.7 and related clauses to clarify existing small business subcontracting program requirements.

The FAR interim rule was not intended to change any of the requirements for the individual or summary subcontract reports. Its purpose was only to require submission of subcontract reports electronically, rather than in hardcopy.

Nineteen commenters submitted comments on the interim rule. A discussion of those comments and the changes made to the rule as a result of those comments is provided below.

The comments will be discussed in three overall categories. Those that pertain to the FAR rule itself, those that do not pertain to the FAR rule, and those that were submitted in response to the Councils’ question in the Federal Register notice for the interim rule concerning whether the reporting period covered by a Summary Subcontract Report for a commercial subcontracting plan should remain the Government’s fiscal year, or be the contractor’s fiscal year.

The comments submitted that did not pertain to the FAR rule itself covered such things as changes that need to be made to eSRS to ensure that the instructions in that electronic system are consistent with this FAR rule, changes that need to be made to electronic business systems that interface with eSRS, and changes that need to be made to regulations that supplement the FAR. These comments will be referred to the appropriate Government officials for their consideration. These comments will not be addressed individually in this Start Printed Page 34261 Federal Register notice, except when it is necessary to address them in order to clarify existing policy.

Comments pertaining to the FAR rule.

Comment: One commenter recommended revising FAR 19.704(a)(10)(v) and 19.704(a)(10)(vi) by replacing “Government or Contractor official” with “Government official (for SSRs) and the Prime’s Contracting official (for ISRs).” The reason for the change is that the Government reviews all Summary Subcontract Reports (SSRs) submitted by prime contractors and subcontractors, and whoever awarded the contract/subcontract is responsible for acknowledging receipt of, or rejecting, the Individual Subcontract Report (ISR). The contractor, therefore, must provide both the Government official’s and the prime’s contracting official’s e-mail address to be consistent with FAR 19.705-6(h) and FAR 52.219-9(l)(1)(iii)(B) for ISRs, and (1)(2)(F) for SSRs.

Response: The Councils concur that both e-mail addresses need to be provided to subcontractors with subcontracting plans since these subcontractors will be required to submit both an ISR and an SSR. The Councils further believe that the proposed revisions to FAR 19.704 will make this aspect of the rule clearer and have revised the language in the final rule accordingly. The contractor must provide the email address of the official responsible for acknowledging receipt of or rejecting the reports, to be consistent with FAR 19.705-6(h) and FAR 52.219-9(l)(1)(iii)(B) for ISRs, and 52.219-9(l)(2)(F) for SSRs. Similar changes have been made to 52.219-9(d)(10)(v) and (vi).

Comment: Two commenters recommended revising the second sentence in FAR 19.705-6(h) to provide examples of what constitutes a report not being adequately completed (i.e., errors, omissions, and incomplete data).

Response: Concur. The Councils believe that adding a list of examples such as, “errors, omissions, and incomplete data”, should help clarify what is meant by not adequately completed. FAR 19.705-6(h) has been revised accordingly in the final rule.

Additionally, it should be noted that acknowledging receipt does not mean acceptance or approval of the report.

Comment: One commenter questioned the need to clarify in FAR clause 52.219-9 that “subcontracting plans are not required from subcontractors when the prime contract contains the FAR clause at 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders—Commercial Items”. The commenter believes that FAR clause 52.219-9 should be included in contracts for commercial items.

Response: The clarification is consistent with FAR 52.212-5(e)(1) “Notwithstanding the requirements of the clauses in paragraphs (a), (b), (c), and (d) of this clause, the Contractor is not required to flow down any FAR clause, other than those in this paragraph (e)(1) in a subcontract for commercial items.” The current FAR clause 52.212-5(e)(1) includes FAR clause 52.219-8 but does not include clause 52.219-9.

Comment: One commenter proposes changing FAR 52.219-9(l)(1) in order to make it consistent with FAR 19.705-6, Postaward Responsibilities of the Contracting Officer, and to enforce the cut-off date for report submission. The commenter recommends changing FAR 52.219-9(l)(1) from: “(1) ISR. This report is not required for commercial plans. The report is required for each contract containing an individual subcontract plan and shall be submitted to the Administrative Contracting Officer (ACO) or Contracting Officer, if no ACO is assigned,” to: “(1) ISR. The report is required for each contract containing an individual subcontract plan and shall be submitted to the contracting officer who approved the subcontracting plan. Failure to submit or late submission of reports shall be a breach of contract and will be documented as past performance for future acquisitions.”

Response: Partially concur. The Councils do not agree with adding the sentence concerning failure to submit or late submission of reports. Paragraph (k)(2) of FAR clause 52.219-9 already addresses the breach of contract issue when the contractor or subcontractor fails to comply in good faith with the approved subcontracting plan. Reporting is an element of the plan.

Although the Councils have not adopted the changes that the commenter has recommended to the first two sentences in this paragraph of the interim rule, the Councils have revised the language in the final rule so that this paragraph does not address to whom the ISR is submitted. That issue is already adequately addressed in paragraph (l)(1)(iii) of FAR clause 52.219-9 and does not need to be addressed in paragraph (l)(1). Paragraph (l)(1)(iii) of FAR clause 52.219-9 is completely consistent with FAR 19.705-6(h).

Comment: One commenter recommended revising the second sentence of FAR clause 52.219-9(l)(l) to read, “The report is required for each contract containing an individual subcontracting plan and shall be submitted to the Contracting Officer from the Government agency who awarded the prime contract or as prescribed by agency regulations.” The commenter stated that the rationale for this revision is to make this paragraph of the clause consistent with paragraphs (l)(1)(iii)(A) and (l)(2)(i)(F) of the clause. These paragraphs state that the authority to acknowledge receipt or reject ISRs resides with the Contracting Officer, and for SSRs resides with the Government agency awarding the prime contracts.

Response: Nonconcur. The Councils believe it is not necessary for this sentence to address to whom the report is submitted. That issue is already adequately addressed in paragraph (l)(1)(iii) of FAR clause 52.219-9 and does not need to be addressed in paragraph (l)(1) of the clause. Accordingly, this sentence has been revised in the final rule and now reads, “The report is required for each contract containing an individual subcontract plan.”

Comment: One commenter recommended revising FAR 52.219-9(l)(2)(i)(F) to read, “The authority to acknowledge or reject SSRs in eSRS including SSRs submitted by subcontractors with subcontracting plans, resides with the Government agency awarding prime contracts or as prescribed in agency regulations.” The rationale the commenter provided for adding the words, “or as prescribed in agency regulations,” is that the DoD Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan (Test Program) covers all Military Service and Defense Agency contracts. The Defense Contract Management Agency has the responsibility to perform management and oversight of plans included in this program, as delegated by the Military Services and Defense Agencies. Therefore, the Government agency awarding the prime contract would not be the entity acknowledging or rejecting SSRs under the DoD Comprehensive Subcontracting (Test Program).

Response: The Councils do not agree with adding the words, “or as prescribed in agency regulations” to this paragraph in the FAR clause. The Councils have, however, revised the language in the final rule to add the words, “unless stated otherwise in this contract.” This language will alert the contractor to the fact that although authority to acknowledge or reject SSRs resides with the Government agency awarding the contracts, that agency may delegate the authority to another agency, but if this occurs, the information on what Start Printed Page 34262Government entity has the authority will be contained in the contract itself.

Comment: One commenter stated that paragraph (d)(10)(iii) of FAR clause 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan, adds the requirement to report information for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI); however, HBCU/MIs are not included elsewhere in the clause when the clause references the various programs (i.e., small business, HUBZones, etc.) and what should be contained in a subcontracting plan.

Paragraphs (c), (d)(1) to (9), (d)(11), (e), and Alternates I and II, refer to the requirements of a subcontracting plan. Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 226.370-8, Goals and incentives for subcontracting with HBCU/MIs, states that when reviewing subcontracting plans submitted under FAR clause 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan, the contracting officer shall ensure the contractor included awards to HBCU/MIs in the Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) goal. In addition, DFARS 219.704, Subcontracting plan requirements, states the SDB goal shall include subcontracts with HBCU/MI, in addition to subcontracts with SDB concerns.

There is a disconnect between what is required on the report for the Department of Defense, Coast Guard, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration and what is required in the subcontracting plan. Recommend either including or deleting HBCU/MI throughout the clause for consistency. If deleting from the FAR clause, consider including coverage in the DFARS.

Response: The commenter states that the rule added the requirement to report information for HBCUs/MIs and suggests revising FAR clause 52.219-9 to add HBCUs/MIs to the entities listed in the requirements for subcontracting plans, or remove the reference to HBCUs/MIs in the reporting requirements. The commenter states that either proposed change would make the language consistent with the other parts of the clause.

The Councils do not concur. This rule did not add the requirement to report information for HBCUs/MIs. The language in FAR clause 52.219-9(d)(10)(iii) concerning reporting subcontract awards to HBCUs/MIs was already in the FAR. The requirement was already in place for the Department of Defense, the Coast Guard, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Standard Forms 294 and 295 both required these departments to report on awards to HBCUs/MIs.

The purpose of this rule is only to require the use of eSRS rather than Standard Forms 294 and 295, it is not to change any of the requirements for subcontracting plans or subcontract reports.

Comment: One commenter recommended modifying the second sentence in paragraph (l)(2)(iii) of FAR clause 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan, to read, “The report, which can be submitted into eSRS, shall include…”

Response: Nonconcur. The Councils believe that the addition of this language is unnecessary and would lead to confusion. The Year-End Supplementary Report for Small Disadvantaged Businesses is a part of the SSR that is submitted at the close of each fiscal year. The SSR is submitted using eSRS. There is nothing in the FAR that provides for the Year-End Supplementary Report for Small Disadvantaged Businesses to be submitted in any way other than by using eSRS. If the words, “which can be submitted into eSRS,” were added to the second sentence in FAR clause 52.219-9(l)(2)(iii), it would suggest that there is some other means for submitting this information and there is not.

Comment: One commenter recommended removing the last sentence of paragraph (b) of FAR clause 52.219-25, Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Program—Disadvantaged Status and Reporting, and replacing it with the following: “If this contract contains an Individual Small Business Subcontracting Plan, reports shall be submitted with the final Individual Subcontract Report into eSRS at the completion of the contract.” The commenter indicated that in this instance where the contractors will be using eSRS to submit the Individual Subcontract Report (ISR) it would be consistent to require the contractors to use eSRS to submit the Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Report. The commenter indicated that having the information submitted electronically would facilitate access to the information by multiple Government organizations.

Response: Nonconcur. The Councils do not believe it is necessary to require that the Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Report be submitted using eSRS when it is submitted with the final ISR. It is already likely that in this instance contractors will use eSRS to submit the Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Report, since it is expected to be a less burdensome means of submitting that report for contractors who are also submitting an ISR. Further, not all contractors required to submit Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Reports will also be required to submit ISRs, so this revision would not result in uniform electronic submission of the Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Report. The benefits to the Government of having the reports submitted electronically are not as great if not all of the reports are required to be submitted in that manner. Therefore, the Councils do not believe that revising the language in the interim rule to require some contractors to submit the Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Report in a particular manner is warranted.

Comment: One commenter has suggested revising paragraph (d)(10)(iii) of FAR clause 52.219-9 to include “Alaska Native Corporations and Indian Tribes that are not Small Businesses” and “Alaska Native Corporations and Indian Tribes that have not been certified by the Small Business Administration as Small Disadvantaged Businesses” to be consistent with (d)(1)(i) of the clause.

Response: The Councils acknowledge the commenter’s concern that paragraph (d)(1)(i) of FAR clause 52.219-9 is inconsistent with paragraph (d)(10)(iii). The Councils have revised paragraph (d)(10)(iii) in the final rule to clarify that awards to Alaska Native Corporations and Indian Tribes shall be reported as awards to small business and small disadvantaged business concerns.

Comment: One commenter stated that the first sentence in FAR 19.704(a)(2) should be revised to read “Submit a new commercial plan, 30 working days before the end of the contractor’s fiscal year, or 30 days prior to the expiration of the current subcontracting plan to the contracting officer.”

Response: The Councils do not concur. The commenter did not provide any rationale for making this change. FAR 19.704(a)(2) does not have to do with submitting commercial plans. The Councils believe the commenter means FAR 19.704(d)(2). The commercial subcontracting plan covers the contractor’s fiscal year. Commercial plans, therefore, expire at the end of the contractor’s fiscal year. Adding, “or 30 days prior to the expiration of the current subcontracting plan” would, therefore, be redundant.

Comment: One commenter stated that FAR 19.705-2(e) states that a contract may have no more than one plan. This will not work for 20 year multiple award contracts. The commenter recommended having a new individual plan prior to each 5 year option to allow for other changes in addition to goals (including a change in the point of contact, or the items that are being Start Printed Page 34263subcontracted and the concerns that will receive the subcontracts, etc.)

Response: The Councils do not concur. The FAR language means that a contract may have no more than one plan at any given time. There should not be one plan that covers the contract at time of award and then additional plans covering work that is added to the contract after award.

A contracting officer may negotiate changes to the subcontracting plan whenever they are necessary. The FAR does not prohibit having the plan change during the course of the contract, it merely prohibits having more than one plan apply to the contract at a time.

Comment: One commenter indicated that the contracting officer is responsible for action on Individual Subcontract Reports and Summary Subcontract Reports (SSRs) in eSRS. The current General Services Administration, Office of Small Business Utilization, Agency Coordinator, has been delegated this function for SSRs in lieu of the contracting officer. The commenter wants the contracting officer that awards a commercial subcontracting plan to review SSRs for compliance. However, the commenter believes it is better to have a central point rather than each regional office responsible for accepting/rejecting the data which is sent to Congress.

Response: The Councils note the comment. The commenter did not provide any particular recommendations. It is necessary to have the contracting officer that approved the commercial subcontracting plan acknowledge receipt of, or reject, the SSR because that individual is responsible for the contractor complying with that subcontracting plan, and submitting the SSR is a requirement under the plan. Contracting officers, however, may delegate duties, as provided in agency procedures. Further, eSRS is the central point for collecting the data which is provided to Congress. Government personnel other than the individual that acknowledged receipt of the SSR can review the data in eSRS.

Comment that does not pertain to the FAR rule but which is being addressed in order to clarify existing policy.

Comment: One commenter believes there is a need to accommodate changing small business size status in eSRS. The commenter stresses the need to ensure that the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation (FPDS-NG), eSRS, and agency contract systems are properly updated in order to ascertain whether a subcontracting plan is required, in the event that a company’s size changes from large to small or vice versa, during contract performance.

Response: Non-concur. Although it is essential that the Central Contractor Registration, the Online Representations and Certifications Application and FPDS-NG reflect the current size status of the prime contractor, size status is no longer a consideration, in determining the need for a subcontracting plan, after contract award. The requirement for a subcontracting plan resides in the prime contract, and is contingent, among other things, on the size status of the prime contractor at the time of award. If the prime contractor was small at the time of award, there would have been no contractual requirement for a subcontracting plan. Even if the size status of the prime contractor were to change during contract performance, e.g., as a result of growth, a novation agreement, or a non-novated merger acquisition, the terms and conditions of the prime contract regarding the subcontracting plan will not change.

Likewise, if the prime contract was awarded to a business that was other than small and the terms and conditions of the prime contract included a requirement for a subcontracting plan, then this requirement for a subcontracting plan will remain unchanged for the life of the contract, regardless of whether the size status of the prime contractor changes.

Comments on whether the reporting period covered by a SSR for a Commercial Subcontracting Plan should remain the Government’s fiscal year or be the contractor’s fiscal year.

The purpose of the interim rule was to require that small business subcontract reports be submitted using the eSRS, rather than Standard Form 294 and Standard Form (SF) 295. The FAR interim rule was not intended to change any of the requirements for the individual or summary subcontract reports.

The interim rule retained the requirement that a commercial subcontracting plan cover the contractor’s fiscal year but the time period covered by the year-end SSR submitted for that subcontracting plan covers the Government's fiscal year. It also retained the requirement that the year-end SSR for a commercial subcontracting plan be submitted 30 days after the end of the Government’s fiscal year.

As stated above, the interim rule retained the FAR requirement (reflected in the SF 295) that the SSR must cover subcontracting done during the Government’s fiscal year.

However, the eSRS, which many agencies and contractors were already using, was deployed with instructions that informed the contractor that the year-end SSR for a commercial subcontracting plan should reflect subcontracting performed during the contractor’s fiscal year. The eSRS instructions indicated that all other SSRs, those not tied to a commercial subcontracting plan, should cover the Government’s fiscal year.

Since there was a discrepancy between the FAR and the instructions in eSRS itself, the Federal Register notice for the interim rule specifically solicited public comment on this issue.

The comments received in response to the question on what period the year-end SSR for a commercial plan should cover, the Government’s fiscal year or the contractor’s fiscal year, requires a review of the policy on commercial subcontracting plans and the year-end SSRs that are submitted for these plans.

The Federal Register notice for the interim rule stated that, “the Councils may consider adding further coverage in the FAR to mirror the instructions that are currently in SFs 294 and 295”. The following sentence had been in SFs 294 and 295: “Only subcontracts involving performance in the U.S. or its outlying areas should be included in these reports”. This sentence has been revised and added to FAR clause 52.219-9 to state “Only subcontracts involving performance in the United States or its outlying areas should be included in these reports with the exception of subcontracts under a contract awarded by the State Department or any other agency that has statutory or regulatory authority to require subcontracting plans for subcontracts performed outside the United States and its outlying areas.”

Additionally, changes have been made to FAR parts 4, 19, and 53, and a new Alternate III added to FAR clause 52.219-9 to recognize that there is a circumstance under which contractors will need to use SF 294, rather than eSRS, to submit an ISR. If a contract is not reported in the FPDS because reporting it in that system may disclose information that would compromise national security, the contractor will use SF 294 to submit an ISR on that contract rather than submitting an ISR in eSRS.

This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to review under Section 6(b) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C 804.Start Printed Page 34264

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration certify that this final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because the rule does not impose any new reporting, recordkeeping or other compliance requirements and the existing requirements pertain only to other than small businesses. The rule only requires that reports that were previously submitted in hardcopy now be submitted electronically.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act (Pub. L. 104-13) applies because this final rule contains information collection requirements. Accordingly, the FAR Secretariat has forwarded a request for approval of a revision to the information collection requirements concerning OMB Control Number 9000-0006, Subcontracting Plans/Subcontracting Reporting for Individual Contracts, and OMB Control Number 9000-0007, Summary Subcontract Report, to the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. chapter 35, et seq. Public comments concerning this request will be invited through a subsequent Federal Register notice.

Start List of Subjects

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 4, 19, 52, and 53

End List of Subjects Start Signature

Dated: June 2, 2010.

Edward Loeb,

Acting Director, Acquisition Policy Division.

End Signature Start Amendment Part

Accordingly, the interim rule published in the

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

1. The authority citation for

End Amendment Part Start Authority

Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 U.S.C. 2473(c).

End Authority Start Part

PART 4—ADMINSTRATIVE MATTERS

End Part Start Amendment Part

2. Amend section 4.606 by adding paragraph (c)(5) to read as follows:

End Amendment Part
Reporting Data.
* * * * *

(c) * * *

(5) Actions that, pursuant to other authority, will not be entered in FPDS (e.g., reporting of the information would compromise national security).

* * * * *
Start Part

PART 19—SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS

End Part Start Amendment Part

3. Amend section 19.704 by adding paragraphs (a)(10)(iii)(A) and (a)(10)(iii)(B), and revising paragraphs (a)(10)(v) and (a)(10)(vi) to read as follows:

End Amendment Part
Subcontracting plan requirements.

(a) * * *

(10) * * *

(iii) * * *

(A) The ISR shall be submitted semi-annually during contract performance for the periods ending March 31 and September 30. A report is also required for each contract within 30 days of contract completion. Reports are due 30 days after the close of each reporting period, unless otherwise directed by the contracting officer. Reports are required when due, regardless of whether there has been any subcontracting activity since the inception of the contract or the previous reporting period.

(B) The SSR shall be submitted as follows: For DoD and NASA, the report shall be submitted semi-annually for the six months ending March 31 and the twelve months ending September 30. For civilian agencies, except NASA, it shall be submitted annually for the twelve-month period ending September 30. Reports are due 30 days after the close of each reporting period.

* * * * *

(v) Provide its prime contract number, its DUNS number, and the e-mail address of the offeror’s official responsible for acknowledging receipt of or rejecting the ISRs to all first-tier subcontractors with subcontracting plans so they can enter this information into the eSRS when submitting their ISRs; and

(vi) Require that each subcontractor with a subcontracting plan provide the prime contract number, its own DUNS number, and the e-mail address of the subcontractor's official responsible for acknowledging receipt of or rejecting the ISRs, to its subcontractors with subcontracting plans.

* * * * *
[Amended]
Start Amendment Part

4. Amend section 19.705-6 by removing from the third sentence in paragraph (h) “completed” and adding “completed, for instance, if there are errors, omissions, or incomplete data” in its place.

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

5. Amend section 19.708 by revising paragraph (b)(1), and removing from paragraph (b)(2) “Alternate I or II.” and adding “Alternate I, II, or III.” in its place.

End Amendment Part

The revised text reads as follows:

Contract clauses.
* * * * *

(b)(1) Insert the clause at 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan, in solicitations and contracts that offer subcontracting possibilities, are expected to exceed $550,000 ($1,000,000 for construction of any public facility), and are required to include the clause at 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns, unless the acquisition is set aside or is to be accomplished under the 8(a) program. When—

(i) Contracting by sealed bidding rather than by negotiation, the contracting officer shall use the clause with its Alternate I.

(ii) Contracting by negotiation, and subcontracting plans are required with initial proposals as provided for in 19.705-2(d), the contracting officer shall use the clause with its Alternate II.

(iii) The contract action will not be reported in the Federal Procurement Data System pursuant to 4.606(c)(5), the contracting officer shall use the clause with its Alternate III.

* * * * *
Start Part

PART 52—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

End Part Start Amendment Part

6. Amend section 52.212-5 by revising the date of the clause; removing from paragraph (b)(11)(i) “(Apr 2008)” and adding “(JUL 2010)” in its place; and adding paragraph (b)(11)(iv) to read as follows:

End Amendment Part
Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders—Commercial Items.
* * * * *

CONTRACT TERMS AND CONDITIONS REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT STATUTES OR EXECUTIVE ORDERS—COMMERCIAL ITEMS (JUL 2010)

* * * * *

(b) * * *

(11) * * *

__(iv) Alternate III ([JUL 2010) of 52.219-9.

* * * * *
Start Amendment Part

7. Amend section 52.219-9 by—

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

a. Revising the date of the clause, and paragraphs (d)(10)(iii), (d)(10)(v), and (d)(10)(vi);

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

b. Adding a sentence to the end of paragraph (l) introductory text.

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

c. Removing from paragraph (l)(1) introductory text “and shall be submitted to the Administrative Contracting Officer (ACO) or Contracting Officer, if no ACO is assigned”;

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

d. Removing from paragraph (l)(2)(i)(F) “prime contracts.” and adding “prime contracts unless stated otherwise in the contract.” in its place;

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

e. Revising the introductory text of Alternate I and II, respectively; and

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

f. Adding Alternate III.

End Amendment Part

The revised and added text reads as follows:

Small Business Subcontracting Plan.
* * * * *

SMALL BUSINESS SUBCONTRACTING PLAN (JUL 2010)

* * * * *

(d) * * *

(10) * * *

(iii) Submit the Individual Subcontract Report (ISR) and/or the Summary Subcontract Report (SSR), in accordance with paragraph (l) of this clause using the Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS) at http://www.esrs.gov. The reports shall provide information on subcontract awards to small business concerns (including ANCs and Indian tribes that are not small businesses), veteran-owned small business concerns, service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns, HUBZone small business concerns, small disadvantaged business concerns (including ANCs and Indian tribes that have not been certified by the Small Business Administration as small disadvantaged businesses), women-owned small business concerns, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions. Reporting shall be in accordance with this clause, or as provided in agency regulations;

* * * * *

(v) Provide its prime contract number, its DUNS number, and the e-mail address of the offeror’s official responsible for acknowledging receipt of or rejecting the ISRs, to all first-tier subcontractors with subcontracting plans so they can enter this information into the eSRS when submitting their ISRs; and

(vi) Require that each subcontractor with a subcontracting plan provide the prime contract number, its own DUNS number, and the e-mail address of the subcontractor’s official responsible for acknowledging receipt of or rejecting the ISRs, to its subcontractors with subcontracting plans.

* * * * *

(l) * * * Only subcontracts involving performance in the United States or its outlying areas should be included in these reports with the exception of subcontracts under a contract awarded by the State Department or any other agency that has statutory or regulatory authority to require subcontracting plans for subcontracts performed outside the United States and its outlying areas.

* * * * *

Alternate I (Oct 2001). As prescribed in 19.708(b)(1)(i), substitute the following paragraph (c) for paragraph (c) of the basic clause:

* * * * *

Alternate II (Oct 2001). As prescribed in 19.708(b)(1)(ii), substitute the following paragraph (c) for paragraph (c) of the basic clause:

* * * * *

Alternate III (JUL 2010). As prescribed in 19.708(b)(1)(iii), substitute the following paragraphs (d)(10) and (l) for paragraphs (d)(10) and (l) in the basic clause;

(d)(10) Assurances that the offeror will—

(i) Cooperate in any studies or surveys as may be required;

(ii) Submit periodic reports so that the Government can determine the extent of compliance by the offeror with the subcontracting plan;

(iii) Submit Standard Form (SF) 294 Subcontracting Report for Individual Contract in accordance with paragraph (l) of this clause. Submit the Summary Subcontract Report (SSR), in accordance with paragraph (l) of this clause using the Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS) at http://www.esrs.gov. The reports shall provide information on subcontract awards to small business concerns (including ANCs and Indian tribes that are not small businesses), veteran-owned small business concerns, service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns, HUBZone small business concerns, small disadvantaged business concerns (including ANCs and Indian tribes that have not been certified by the Small Business Administration as small disadvantaged businesses), women-owned small business concerns, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions. Reporting shall be in accordance with this clause, or as provided in agency regulations; and

(iv) Ensure that its subcontractors with subcontracting plans agree to submit the SF 294 in accordance with paragraph (l) of this clause. Ensure that its subcontractors with subcontracting plans agree to submit the SSR in accordance with paragraph (l) of this clause using the eSRS.

(l) The Contractor shall submit a SF 294. The Contractor shall submit SSRs using the web-based eSRS at http://www.esrs.go v. Purchases from a corporation, company, or subdivision that is an affiliate of the prime Contractor or subcontractor are not included in these reports. Subcontract award data reported by prime Contractors and subcontractors shall be limited to awards made to their immediate next-tier subcontractors. Credit cannot be taken for awards made to lower tier subcontractors, unless the Contractor or subcontractor has been designated to receive a small business or small disadvantaged business credit from an ANC or Indian tribe. Only subcontracts involving performance in the U.S. or its outlying areas should be included in these reports with the exception of subcontracts under a contract awarded by the State Department or any other agency that has statutory or regulatory authority to require subcontracting plans for subcontracts performed outside the United States and its outlying areas.

(1) SF 294. This report is not required for commercial plans. The report is required for each contract containing an individual subcontract plan. For prime contractors the report shall be submitted to the contracting officer, or as specified elsewhere in this contract. In the case of a subcontract with a subcontracting plan, the report shall be submitted to the entity that awarded the subcontract.

(i) The report shall be submitted semi-annually during contract performance for the periods ending March 31 and September 30. A report is also required for each contract within 30 days of contract completion. Reports are due 30 days after the close of each reporting period, unless otherwise directed by the Contracting Officer. Reports are required when due, regardless of whether there has been any subcontracting activity since the inception of the contract or the previous reporting period.

(ii) When a subcontracting plan contains separate goals for the basic contract and each option, as prescribed by FAR 19.704(c), the dollar goal inserted on this report shall be the sum of the base period through the current option; for example, for a report submitted after the second option is exercised, the dollar goal would be the sum of the goals for the basic contract, the first option, and the second option.

(2) SSR. (i) Reports submitted under individual contract plans—

(A) This report encompasses all subcontracting under prime contracts and subcontracts with the awarding agency, regardless of the dollar value of the subcontracts.

(B) The report may be submitted on a corporate, company or subdivision (e.g. plant or division operating as a separate profit center) basis, unless otherwise directed by the agency.

(C) If a prime Contractor and/or subcontractor is performing work for more than one executive agency, a Start Printed Page 34266separate report shall be submitted to each executive agency covering only that agency’s contracts, provided at least one of that agency’s contracts is over $550,000 (over $1,000,000 for construction of a public facility) and contains a subcontracting plan. For DoD, a consolidated report shall be submitted for all contracts awarded by military departments/agencies and/or subcontracts awarded by DoD prime Contractors. However, for construction and related maintenance and repair, a separate report shall be submitted for each DoD component.

(D) For DoD and NASA, the report shall be submitted semi-annually for the six months ending March 31 and the twelve months ending September 30. For civilian agencies, except NASA, it shall be submitted annually for the twelve-month period ending September 30. Reports are due 30 days after the close of each reporting period.

(E) Subcontract awards that are related to work for more than one executive agency shall be appropriately allocated.

(F) The authority to acknowledge or reject SSRs in the eSRS, including SSRs submitted by subcontractors with subcontracting plans, resides with the Government agency awarding the prime contracts unless stated otherwise in the contract.

(ii) Reports submitted under a commercial plan—

(A) The report shall include all subcontract awards under the commercial plan in effect during the Government’s fiscal year.

(B) The report shall be submitted annually, within thirty days after the end of the Government’s fiscal year.

(C) If a Contractor has a commercial plan and is performing work for more than one executive agency, the Contractor shall specify the percentage of dollars attributable to each agency from which contracts for commercial items were received.

(D) The authority to acknowledge or reject SSRs for commercial plans resides with the Contracting Officer who approved the commercial plan.

(iii) All reports submitted at the close of each fiscal year (both individual and commercial plans) shall include a Year-End Supplementary Report for Small Disadvantaged Businesses. The report shall include subcontract awards, in whole dollars, to small disadvantaged business concerns by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Industry Subsector. If the data are not available when the year-end SSR is submitted, the prime Contractor and/or subcontractor shall submit the Year-End Supplementary Report for Small Disadvantaged Businesses within 90 days of submitting the year-end SSR. For a commercial plan, the Contractor may obtain from each of its subcontractors a predominant NAICS Industry Subsector and report all awards to that subcontractor under its predominant NAICS Industry Subsector.

Start Part

PART 53—FORMS

End Part Start Amendment Part

8. Revise section 53.219 to read as follows:

End Amendment Part
Small Business Programs.

(a) The following form may be used in reporting small disadvantaged business contracting data: OF 312 (10/00), Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Report. (See subpart 19.12.)

(b) The following standard form is prescribed for use in reporting small business (including Alaska Native Corporations and Indian tribes), veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, HUBZone small business, small disadvantaged business (including Alaska Native Corporations and Indian tribes) and women-owned small business subcontracting data, as specified in part 19: SF 294, (Rev. 1/2010) Subcontracting Report for Individual Contracts. SF 294 is authorized for local reproduction.

Start Amendment Part

9. Add section 53.301-294 to read as follows:

End Amendment Part
Subcontracting Report for Individual Contracts.
Start Printed Page 34267

Start Printed Page 34268

Start Printed Page 34269

Start Printed Page 34270

Start Printed Page 34271 End Supplemental Information

BILLING CODE 6820-EP-S

[FR Doc. 2010-14180 Filed 6-15-10; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 6820-EP-C